Friday, 30 November 2012

Review:: Reached by Ally Condie

Title: Reached
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Children's Books
Pages: 512
Format: ARC paperback
Disclosure: Sent from Publisher for review
Review by: Mary

After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times-bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.


Review:
I've been waiting for this last installment in the matched trilogy. I loved Matched. I didn't care for Crossed. I wanted to know what happens in the end with Reached. I have a few issues with it. It is quite slow. Very poetic. I like poetry, but I was looking for more action. I mean a rebellion was happening wasn't it? You wouldn't be able to tell for how peaceful it was. To tell you the truth.

I'm concerned with the lack of world building here. If you're going to write dystopian/science fiction then you need to get into the details. I want to know what this world is like. What is there or not there. What are the people like. How are people being controlled? I just needed more. I really did.

{SPOILER ALERT} Let's talk about this love triangle that isn't really a love triangle. I'm a Xander fan. From his first page I loved him. I connected with him. I felt the most like him. I wanted him to be happy. I thought that meant being with Cassia. But as the story went on I realized she didn't deserve him. He's too good for her. I wanted Xander to be loved by someone. He deserved it gosh darn it! I will say that all ended the way it should. But there surely wasn't any romance to be had in this book. It was devoid of romance and kissing. I like books with kissing. Boo. {END SPOILER}

While I did enjoy this story, it definitely isn't my favorite. I didn't connect with Cassia during this book but I LOVED how it was written in Cassia, Ky and Xander's points of view. I loved knowing each chapter was bringing me a different version of the story. That is what kept the story going for me.

4 comments:

  1. oh dang , im bummed... i couldnt help my self from reading the spoilers . i have this book waiting to read on my kindle. but now im super sad that its going filled with action and romance. i felt the same as you did. i loved matched.. was a little let down by cross but i over looked it because i thought it was suffering from your typical " middle book in a series " syndrome... bummer! thanks for the great review tough and the heads up! - Katie @ Inkk

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  2. I won a copy on Twitter from the publisher. I haven't received it yet though! Therefore, I didn't read your review! I'll come back!

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  3. Thanks for your review: I adored Matched, didn't really enjoy Crossed, and was unsure if I wanted to read Reached. Your review just saved me a lot of time and I'll live in my fantasy world where Matched is a standalone awesome book. ;)

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  4. Thanks for giving a candid review, it isn't always something that people are willing to do.
    I personally pride myself on an honest review.

    Marlene Detierro (SEO in San Antonio)

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